About Me

Popular Posts

Sponsored Link

wholesale makeup

Sponsored Link

Save 20% Off One Product on your order at PaulasChoice.com! (Valid 09/28 - 10/13. One time use only. Valid to in stock items only, no rainchecks. Cannot be combined with other offers, or applied to prior purchases.)

Breaking Down Beauty: Halloween Makeup Butterfly Mask

Sponsored By Coupons.com

By Sheila Arkee

Believe it or not, I have never created a specific Halloween look in the entire four years plus of Painted Ladies history!


There’s no better time than the present, so I decided to create a butterfly mask thanks to Coupons.com, who offered several beauty bloggers a $50 eGift card to the shop of their choice in exchange for Halloween makeup looks. The inspiration for my colorful butterfly mask came from the title of this very blog – besides referring to Victorian houses in San Francisco or women who like to wear makeup, there are also Painted Ladies butterflies that are oh, so beautiful. While these butterflies aren’t quite as vibrantly colored as my mask, I just loved the idea ever since I saw some co-workers sport beautiful masks during my makeup artist days.

I snagged 3 great products from Urban Decay using codes from Coupons.com to get the best value for my bucks. Thank goodness for free shipping, because it really does make a difference and lets me get more great products to use! I also shopped in the sale section and got a fab deal – seriously, there are some great finds!

While I used some items I already own, the three main products used in this look are as follows:

– Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box, a STEAL for $10 which came with a sample of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.

Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box

Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box



– Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, $27.


– Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak, $22.


– I also received a deluxe sample of Urban Decay’s new Anti-Aging Primer Potion.

Now for the steps to create this look , which are much easier than you’d think!

Step 1: Apply a primer and your foundation. I used Make Up For Ever HD Liquid Primer #153 and the Hourglass No. 2 brush.


Step 2: Using a light eye pencil, outline the shape of a butterfly on your face. I free-handed this and used Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Kohl in Taupe and recommend using any kind of a light pencil so you can easily erase any mistakes.


Step 3: Using a foundation brush, apply an eyeshadow primer within your butterfly outline. This step is KEY! The primer makes your mask look vibrant and gives it staying power.


Step 4: Use a flat eyeshadow brush to apply your colors. For this mask I did a gradient of colors, blending one into the next. I used (in order) Graffiti, Honey, Peace, Fishnet, and Ransom from the Deluxe Shadow Box.





Step 5: For contrast I added a bit of shading to the outline with a pencil brush and Faint from the Naked Basics Palette.


Step 6: For some glow, I added Shag from the Deluxe Shadow Box down the center of my nose and on my forehead.


Step 7: Using a liquid liner, add a black outline and veining inside the mask. I used Jordana’s Bold Fabuliner and wasn’t quite happy with the results, so I intensified the line with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Liner in Zero.


Step 8: Add mascara (Benefit They’re Real), Lipstick (UrbanDecay Revolution in Streak), and set with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. And, done!



This look is so easy to do and a perfect Halloween makeup for those who might not have the time to do the whole costume shebang. After I created this mask I ran out of time to wash my face and dashed off to pick up my son from school. Ha ha! I was the most colorful parent in the parking lot!

The folks at Coupons.com are giving away a $100 eGift card to Sephora! Enter to win in the Rafflecopter widget. Open to residents of the USA only. Winner will be drawn from several blogs. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • http://daydreamingbeauty.com Amber

    I love your idea! Your butterfly came out really well. So pretty!:)

  • http://www.lozlosa.com Lisa Chakan

    I adore what you’ve done here! Absolutely adore. You are positively stunning! :)

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    Good job! I should try this on my daughter.

  • http://beautytidbits.com Harshleen

    Very pretty! You did a great job….

  • http://www.neversaydiebeauty.com Allison

    I’m not usually a big fan of butterflies that your look is amazing! Love it

  • Lisa Heath

    These colors are magnificent! Great job!

  • http://www.phyrra.net Phyrra

    I love your tutorial! So cute!

  • Stephanie H.

    I love it. Very pretty!!

  • http://ojitoslindos.com Karina

    Sooo cute 😀 love it!

  • http://www.thefabzilla.com Kath TheFabZilla

    what a cute butterfly rendition!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    this is fabulous!

  • http://www.moxiereviews.com Moxie

    Love your butterfly!!!

  • jenny

    I love the Deluxe Shadow Box from Urban Decay. Honey is one of my favorite colors ever.

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com Miranda

    SO pretty! Like a masqeurade mask you don’t have to worry about falling off!

  • http://www.icynails.blogspot.com/ Erika

    Your butterfly came out so pretty. I am artistically challenged and envy others who can do looks like this. :)

    I need to check out Coupons.com. I like to save money and am always clipping paper coupons. 😀

  • http://www.libbyspinkvanity.com Kimberly

    Now you are just being TOO CUTE!!!!

  • http://artemishi.blogspot.com Beth W

    I love it- especially with your hair down. Well done!

  • http://www.polarbelle.com Polarbelle

    This is a really good tutorial. I love the bright colors.

  • http://www.ishahxbeauty.com Ishah

    This is gorgeous! Such a creative look.

  • Rai

    love the colors!